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Fab Photo Friday Featuring EELS!

Blue Eyed Beauty in Cozumel, Mexico. 2014.

Eels, especially Moray Eels, are among some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. They are fish….fish without pectoral or pelvic fins.  The anal and dorsal fin are connected and form a ribbon on top of their bodies. They can be quite small, just a few ounces, and they can grow to be 10 ft and 50 pounds! I love photographing them. Their mouths are always opening and closing, and not because they are thinking about biting you, but because they need to breathe. They do not attack humans, unless there is some stupid human who wants to grab at them or, even dumber, try to feed them. If you want to feed something in the ocean, settle for feeding bread to the fish. They are wild animals, after all. I often get 12 inches from them, or less, to take photos, abut I have never had any problem with aggression at all. The Moray is likely to just stare at you….breathing. Notice the flaps at the back of the mouth, those are the gills.

Being cleaned by a shrimp, Cozumel.

 

Beautiful Honeycomb Eel in Tofo, Mozambique. 2012
A Yellowmouth Eel on Giant Reef, Mozambique 2012
Two large Yellowmouth Moray Eels on Outback Reef, Mozambique 2012. There were so many I lost count!
A Chestnut Moray in Cozumel.

 

A Huge Honeycomb Eel on Giant Reef, Mozambique, 2012

 

Snowflake Moray Eel in Thailand, 2013.

 

A Green Pacific Moray eel is spotted with iridescence on Roca Partida, Mexico 2012

 

A large Green Moray swimming in the open on Cedral Wall, Cozumel. 2014 See the breathing flap and the ribbon fin?

The very coolest thing about Morays (of which there are more than 200 species!)?  Their jaw.  Jaws, I should say.  They have two.  You might be scared of the first one, but their prey should be more frightened of the second one, the Pharyngeal jaw which is farther down in their throat.  That jaw is the one that delivers the death blow to its prey!

Photo from Wiki.
Down in the mouth! A spotted Moray at my secret reef in Cozumel!
Awesome Green Moray swimming on Santa Rosa Reef, Cozumel. 2011. Great smile!
A pretty smile from a baby Spotted Moray. Isn’t the inside of her mouth incredible? Such patterning!

 

A beautiful little Goldentail Eel in Cozumel.

 

A Fimbriated Moray Eel in Myanmar. Awesome pic, taken by my dive master, Jurgen.
Small Honeycomb eel on Boonsung Wreck, Thailand. 2014

 

An Undulate Moray in Myanmar 2014.

This Fimbriated Moray is surrounded by RedBanded Shrimp and Dancing Durban Shrimps on top!  Time for a cleaning in Thailand.

Fimbriated Moray Eel, Thailand. 2014
A little Honeycomb Eel in Thailand among Thorny Oysters. So cute!
Gorgeous Goldentail Eel!
I LOVE the markings on this one.

 

Beautiful Jewel Moray in Thailand. It glitters like gold!
Green Morays EVERYWHERE! Socorro Islands, 2012. Doesn’t he look funny?
My first Zebra Moray! Thailand.
A Purplemouth Moray Eel in Cozumel 2009.
Close up of the Purple Mouth Moray. They are quite small.
A gorgeous Spotted Moray Eel on Paradise Reef, Cozumel.
A Chain Moray in Cozumel, Mexico.

 

A Green Moray Eel at night with a Red Banded Coral Shrimp on Villa Blanca, Night Dive, Cozumel 2012. The colors are just amazing at night.
An old photo…2006, taken in Key Largo of a very large Green Moray. I love this guy! He looked ancient.
This may look like a snake, but it is a Sharptail Snake Eel, hunting at night.
A Golden Spotted Moray hunting in Ecuador, 2014
An Octopus devouring a Tiger Snake Eel in Ecuador! I felt sorry for it….that octopus slurped it like a piece of spaghetti.

Oh, now I am just dying to get in the water! I have so many more eels to photograph out there in all of our oceans! So far, I have Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and the Revillagadoes Islands planned for dives this year. I wonder if I can squeeze any more dive trips in? You know I will try!

 

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Tam Warner

Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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